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    TV Shows

    Hey Dad
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    How many are badging Dengfu bikes as there own

    This is what I expected to find when looking into Chinese frames & wheels i.e complete rubbish, that falls apart after a month or 2, poorly designed, low quality materials etc etc but 90% of what I have read is positive. Maybe 2 - 3 years this may have been the case, but certainly not now.
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    What currently makes your life awesome?

    Training is slowly starting to pay off. Got a more confidence about my first IM later in the year.
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    Yup some good points. I think when there is a such a size difference as 28kg vs 80kg then you're going to have problems, really at junior level kids that are much heavier than the other kids should be playing in a higher age group or as they do in NZ, have it categorised by weight. The point I was getting at is perhaps there needs to be more emphasis on technique and the different types of tackles you can employ against someone much bigger and much more powerful than you. I just remember at school being taught the classic rugby tackle and that was pretty much it. The Maori sidestep was never discussed! Ha ha very true
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    I'm 78kg and I'm a lightweight on the pitch, most backs are 100 kgs plus. The heaviest guy I've played against was a Tongan no 8 who was purportedly 140kg with little fat, almost double my weight, if I tried to hit him around the chest or waist I would have got smashed.. there are techniques you can employ that will enable you to pull down someone much bigger than you. You see those big kids draggng 3 or 4 kids with them - well that's not strength or power it's poor coaching. You can easily teach a 10 or 11 year old boy how to bring down someone much bigger than them without hurting themselves, an invaluable skill if they carry on playing footy into adulthood - the same size discrepancy still exists, so they need to learn that skill at some stage..
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    The Chinese have done it again!

    Certainly, but you have to remember the Chinese wheels are 1/10th the price of wheels from large, established companies such as ZIPP. And anyone that thinks the ridiculous price companies like ZIPP charge for their wheel is justified because of R&D or whatever, give yourself a swift uppercut. Carbon products are used in many other sports and the prices are a fraction of what they are in cycling. Also whenever a Chinese wheel or frame fails the whole world hears about it, a Trek or Giant frame snaps, everything is wery wery quiet.. it's not newsworthy is it? At the end of the day there are a lot of happy customers who have bought wheels from companies like Yishun & Light-Bicycle and my brief dealings with LB, they've been completely professional. Additionally I noticed on their website a section where they discuss various past failings of certain products, accepting blame and detailing how they improved the manufacturing process. If they've sold junk in the past, not only have they happily replaced products or refunded people they've acknowledged where they've gone wrong and done something about it. Try getting a large multinational to do that....
  7. When I lived in the Middle East years ago, it was typical of locals not to wear seatbelts - it wasn't considered manly... I'm guessing from the number of 'ejections' in the video this is still the case!
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    Rugby Union? You can get away with being a bit smaller.
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    Sprint to Ironman Advice

    How many hours were you putting in? Are you going to be doing less this time round?
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    Sprint to Ironman Advice

    I'm doing my first IM this year. There is nothing to say you can't do one this year and you don't necessarily have to go sprint - OD - 70.3. It all depends what your expectations are. Do you want to smash 10 hours or just beat the cut off time of 17 hours? If it's the former then you'll need to train, hard.. if it's the latter, realistically, you don't need to do much training to beat the cut off. 17 hours is very generous.
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    They can start handing out harsher penalties and bans for lifting/spear tackling. It's made quite a difference in Union. You've got tacklers that have inadvertently taken a player beyond the horizontal, but then held onto them rather than dump them to prevent injury (and them getting penalized). So players are starting to think. It won't stop lifting completely, but like shoulder charging, it will be a rarity. Players learn very quickly when they start getting sent off and banned..
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    2nd phase, 3rd phase etc - that relates to union not League I see what you're saying Tenpints, but I think Will is right - if the defender has to release straight away, the attacker is going to do his level best to play the ball as quick as possible resulting in him allowing himself to be tackled or even dropping to the floor deliberately as he's tackled.
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    I tend to agree.
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    This is where you say Rugby Union is much better isn't it?
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    The McKinnon tackle ?

    He lifted the guy which is ill No downward drive, but he lifted him, once you lift a guy it becomes hard for both the guy with the ball and the tackler to control the tackle. You've got a 120kg guy off his feet, up in the air it's going to be hard for the tackler to ensure he doesn't land awkwardly and it's going to hard for the attacker to make sure he lands OK, hence the reason lifting is now banned in Union. I know spear tackling is banned in both Union & League, but I don't think League is as harsh with lifting as it is in Union? Irrespectively, I agree, harsh ban as that kind of tackle is common in League and the severity of the injury should not be reflected in the length of the ban.
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    Team sports and tri

    play touch in summer & rep touch. Rugby union in winter. I'm starting the season later on this year though because of the Busso 70.3.
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    Alex McKinnon - How life can change so quickly

    There probably has been a decrease in neck injuries in union, because of the new laws regarding lifting, but I would say neck injuries are still higher in union. The scrum is one reason. A young front rower guy was paralysed in Perth a few years ago from a collapsed scrum. I think League needs to adopt the same lifting/spea tackle laws as union.
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    Bike position advice

    I would have thought if his legs are extending as much as they should be then he's not getting as much power out of them as he could, kind of like cutting short your forehand follow through in tennis?
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    Alex McKinnon - How life can change so quickly

    If League adopted the same harsh penalties for spear-tackling as they have done in union, they would see a damatic drop in shoulder/neck injuries.
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    Alex McKinnon - How life can change so quickly

    Yeah I've had a few scary moments where I've been speartackled & landed right on my neck. Last time I couldn't move my head for about a week and had vertigo for about 6 weeks. Scary stuff. Luckily in rugby union, they are now clamping down on the type of tackle that McKinnon was injured in - which wasn't quite a spear tackle, but he was lifted which is an automatic sinbin. A spear tackle is automatic red card.
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    Wetsuit repair

    My 2XU wetsuit has a tiny nick on the shoulder, I think the material is spandex(?). Whats the best way to repair it, to stop the nick becoming a split? Super glu? It's very small & doesn't go all the way through.
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    Bike position advice

    Yeah it could be that the photo is deceptive, but your seat height looks really low.
  23. yeah exactly how I felt.
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    Wetsuit repair

    coolio thanks.
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    Wetsuit repair

    Cool thanks. Is there a generic name for it? Something Bunnings would sell? Rubber cement?
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